Energy

What is the Mac Activity Monitor and how do you use it?

Energy Tab Activity Monitor

The Activity Monitor on your Mac is one of those tools that you should become familiar with. You by no means need be an expert on it, but you should know the basics. Why, you ask? Because the Activity Monitors shows all the processes running on your Mac. It’s like a task manager, so you can see how those processes affect your Mac and close any if needed.

Whether you’re new to Mac or simply new to the Activity Monitor, we’ll walk you through the basics you need to know.

Apple’s overall carbon footprint was 35% lower in the past 3 years (and other tidbits from its 2019 Environment report)

In the lead up to Earth Day next Monday, Apple today released the 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report with detailed information on its climate change solutions. Apple.com was also updated today with a banner image linked to the report.

Apple announces $300 million fund to promote clean energy in China

Late Thursday, Apple announced a new Chinese-based initiative to connect suppliers with renewable energy sources. In doing so, the iPhone maker wants to increase the use of renewable energy within its supply chain and further cement its commitment to address climate change.  

All of Apple’s global facilities are now powered with 100% clean energy

Apple today shared an important milestone, saying all of its global offices, data centers, retail stores and co-located facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India, are now powered with 100% clean energy.

Apple’s created enough sustainable forestland to cover all paper packaging products

Apple's environmental efforts, part of its mission to “leave the world better than we found it”, are certainly commendable and have paid off as the company's now created enough sustainable forestland to cover all paper packaging products.

Apple pledges to run its Indian operations completely from renewable energy by 2018

Tim Cook recently disclosed that Apple expects its Indian operations to be run completely from renewable energy within the next six months. Cook said that during a Sunday meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at a business summit in Washington, according to a person familiar with the discussion who spoke with Reuters.

The move is part of Apple's mission to leave the world better than we found it.

He also highlighted the economic impact Apple is having on India:

We have a ton of energy going into the country on a number of fronts. We believe, particularly now that the 4G infrastructure is going in the country and it's continuing to be expanded, there is a huge opportunity for Apple there.

Apple has generated 740,000 jobs in India thus far and Indian developers have created nearly 100,000 apps for its App Store, said another person familiar with the talks.

Cook said Apple's sales in India grew by “strong double digits” in the most recent quarter, but didn't disclosed how much revenue the company generated from Indian operations.

As a limited run of ”Assembled in India” iPhone SE units went on sale in many Indian cities, Apple is seeking additional concessions from the Indian government as it looks to expand its presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market behind the United States and China.

Among other things, the Cupertino tech giant is seeking permission to open its own retail stores in India where it currently sells iPhones through resellers.

Apple’s Danish data center to warm homes and provide fertilizer to farmers

After analyzing Apple's environment report for 2016, which was released yesterday, MacWorld spotted that the company's data center being built in Denmark will return excess heat to the community, helping warm local homes. The facility in Denmark’s central Jutland region will be partly powered by recycling waste products from farms. Apple is working with Aarhus University on a solution that could turn some of the waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for local farmers to use on their fields.

Apple partners with wind turbine maker Goldwind to bring more clean energy to Chinese suppliers

In an effort to help bring more clean energy to its Chinese suppliers, Apple and wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (also known as Goldwind) have entered into a cooperative joint venture agreement, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing spotted by the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment, a Goldwind subsidiary, will transfer its thirty percent stakes in four project firms that will stay subsidiaries under Goldwind for stock exchange purposes.

U.S. regulator grants Apple Energy permission to sell solar-generated power to public utilities

Apple Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Apple, Inc. registered in Delaware last month, has successfully obtained federal approval from the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to sell excess energy generated from its solar facilities into the wholesale market, joining Google parent Alphabet in the energy-trading business.

The firm sought permission from FERC to begin selling power within 60 days of its filing on June 6. Sales can officially begin on Saturday, Bloomberg said, as FERC's determined that Apple Energy doesn't pose a risk of being able to hike up prices.

Apple to build renewable energy facility in North Carolina that converts gas into electricity

The Board of Commissioners of Catawba County approved a new lease agreement on Monday that would permit Apple to build a renewable energy facility which uses fuel cells to generate electricity from the gas, Hickory Record said today. The lease provides the Cupertino firm with about 3.7 acres on the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility in Newton.

Apple sets up new company to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms

Apple's focus on making its retail stores and corporate offices in the United States and around the world run on 100 percent renewable energy sources is in the spotlight again with news that it's created a new company with the sole purpose of selling excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, as first discovered by 9to5Mac.

Here are two Caffeine alternatives for keeping your Mac awake

Yesterday, my colleague Anthony ran an informative tutorial that does a good job covering two ways to keep your Mac from sleeping, dimming or showing a screensaver: one is based on a little bit of Terminal magic and the other involves using a free of charge utility, called Caffeine.

As easy to use as Caffeine is, it suffers from not having been updated in years so it has some issues with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

Its icon, for example, is not Retina-compatible and looks odd in Yosemite's dark mode. That said, I want to share with you a pair of apps that one-up Caffeine at its own game.